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Destiny 2: Faction Rally guide - Dead Orbit, New Monarchy, Future War Cult, faction tokens and gear

UPDATE: Everything you need to know about Destiny 2's first Faction rally in Season 2.

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Our Destiny 2: Faction Rally guide contains everything you need to know about the game’s Faction Rally event.

The original Destiny was home to three distinctive factions: Dead Orbit, Future War Cult and New Monarchy. You’d pledge your loyalty to one of these groups and then set about garnering reputation within their ranks so as to earn unique loot. This system returns in Destiny 2, giving Guardians the chance to fight for their faction and get their hands on some of the most sought-after gear in the game.

Players will have a limited time to earn as many reward packages as they can for their faction of choice. The faction which garners the most packages, and in turn, has the most loyal player base will win the event. Winners will get a massive discount off a special faction weapon, so all in all, there’s a lot to play for - and tonnes of loot to be had.

(If you want to be the best at every area of the game, don't forget to bookmark our PVP, Campaign walkthrough and Subclass guide pages - they've got everything you need if you want to get more out of Destiny 2, and will be continuously updated in the weeks ahead.)

Editor's UPDATE #8: Now that Season 2's first Faction Rally is live, we've made sure this guide is completely up to date and contains all the detail you need!

Faction Rally: When does it go live?

Faction Rally will launch on Tuesday, 16th January 2018.

Below we’ve listed the times it’ll go live.

  • 17:00 BST
  • 17:00 CET
  • 08:00 PT
  • 11:00 EST

Faction Rally: How does it work?

Each of the Factions in the Tower is having a rally to garner resources for its cause. Guardians who help them out will be rewarded, and as an incentive, each faction has set aside a powerful weapon to entice players to choose their side.

At the end of the rally, the faction which gathered the most packages will be declared the winner. Guardians who swore allegiance to the winning faction will get a huge discount of the special weapon.

The second Faction Rally runs all the way up to 23rd January 2018 and ends at the same times posted above. The winning faction will be declared at 18:00 BST/18:00 CET/10:00 PT/ 13:00 EST.

How do I access Faction Rally?

You must have reached level 20 and gained access to The Tower social space.

The Factions

In Faction Rally there are three factions you can swear allegiance to, each with their own unique style and rewards. You will find them all in The Tower social space.

  • New Monarchy
  • Dead Orbit
  • Future War Cult

Faction Locations

Here’s a brief outline of where you’ll find each of these Faction bases.

  • New Monarchy: Far left corner of the map near Ikora and Hawthorne.
  • Future War Cult: Can be found in the hangar near Cayde. Turn left at the ramp and follow the steps up to their headquarters.
  • Dead Orbit: Directly underneath Future War Cult’s base of operations.

Supporting your faction

When you join a faction, you’ll have the chance to earn unique goodies. Just like any other vendor in the game, this works by building enough reputation to fill a bar and be rewarded for your efforts.

If you've decided on what faction you want to join, head over to their vendor/NPC and pledge your allegiance. This will automatically sign you up to the faction and you'll receive a Faction Emblem. Your Milestones will also be updated with a faction specific task.

Here’s every activity that will earn you these tokens.

  • Daily Faction Rally Milestone
  • Public events
  • Lost Sectors
  • Strikes
  • Nightfall Strikes
  • Clearing the Raid
  • Crucible
  • Trials of the Nine

Once you’ve amassed enough faction tokens, turning them into a vendor will reward you with a Faction Engram full of loot.

Faction Rally: Rewards

Earn enough faction tokens and you’ll be rewarded with packages containing loot that’s unique to your faction, including armour pieces, weapons and Shaders.

If there are particular armour pieces you're after, you have to meet a set requirement that'll grant you the opportunity of purchasing them. Earning 2 packages will unlock the first part of the armour set, 4 will unlock the second part of the set and so on. Once you've met these requirements you'll have the chance to buy them with 15 Legendary Shards and 10 Faction Tokens.

Here’s a preview of everything that'll be on offer. You can also click on each image for a closer look.

Editor's Note: All of the armour sets shown in the images below are returning for Season 2's first Faction Rally. However, brand new armour ornaments will be up for grabs. This means that anyone who owns Season 1's gear will be able to work towards cosmetic changes that you can apply to make them look even snazzier. You can see these armour ornaments in the images we've linked below.

Dead Orbit: Armour Set

Future War Cult: Armour Set

New Monarchy: Armour Set

New Faction Rewards

Below we've linked a video by Arekkz which showcases all of the new Faction rewards that have arrived with the latest Faction Rally.

If you found the video interesting, do make sure to give it a thumbs up and support the creator. Arekkz always make top-notch Destiny 2 content!

Faction Rally: Special Weapons

In addition to all the gear above, each faction will be offering a special weapon as a reward to be sold if they emerge victorious at the end of the event. Those who are part of the winning faction will receive an enormous discount and will be able to purchase the weapon for 1000 Glimmer. Guardians who are part of an opposing faction will have to fork out a hefty 50,000 Glimmer to own the weapon.

Here’s each faction weapon up for grabs. We'll update this section with perks, traits and more once we've got all the information to hand!

Dead Orbit: Auto Rifle

Future War Cult: Auto Rifle

New Monarchy: Auto Rifle

Other important information

Here's some other details worth bearing in mind when participating in each Faction Rally event.

  • Faction Engram Reward Limit: After you've earned a total of 30 Faction Engrams in one Faction Rally event, any additional Engrams earned will only reward you with Shaders. This limit will reset when the next Faction Rally swings around.
  • Token Reset: All Faction Tokens still in players' inventories will reset once the event has come to an end. With this in mind, it's wise to use up all your tokens before the end of the week.

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